August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO WILLIAM BRIDGES; 19 November 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461119-TC-WBR-01; CL 21:93.


Chelsea, 19 Novr, 1846—

My dear Sir,

I have read your little History in a Nutshell with much pleasure:1 it is surely an eloquent, pious, melodious conception of that immeasurable matter; and if you chose to elaborate it farther, might lead you into all manner of interesting analogies and contrasts. I like well in particular that coordinating of Sacred Events with Events called “Profane”: we ought to know always that none of them is Profane,—that if any one of them be Sacred they are all Sacred! That is the right use to make of the, at present very burdensome, “Hebrew element” in our affairs. In this way we shall conquer it, not let it conquer us,—which latter is a very bad result; worse than even running from it, as the world in these centuries, as a bad-best, is very much inclined to do!

I should be glad to know more minutely what you are about of late; and to see you here some evening when you feel inclined to walk so far.

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle